Thanks for the good wishes for my little finger. I wound up with a little divot taken out of it, but it’s better, though not overly fond of me banging on the keyboard yet.
I will post the recipe for the raw pizza crust for those of you that asked either this weekend or next week. I’m waiting to get it. I sorta know what goes in it, but we cook and make a lot of this up as we go along.
So I’m going through my hits and misses of things I sniffed this week. Some of them I just don’t have much to say about, whether I like them or not, and some other people have reviewed much better, and some I’ve barely had a chance to sniff, enough to get my attention and not enough time yet to go into detail.
Lubin Black Jade – mostly a hit, except the bottle, which is pretty, but they don’t put the name on it except in small print on the bottom. I can’t SEE that, damnit! Smells pretty much how you would guess, big spicy incensey rose, and it has cardamon so you really didn’t think I was gonna hate it, did you? I don’t know about all the Marie Antoinette backstory that comes with it, it just feels a little heavy for summer, but should be a good one for fall.
Watermelon Gazpacho – OMG I amdying this is so gooooooooood. Watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, green or red pepper, olive oil, sherry wine, salt, something else maybe, no recipe right in front of me. I could drink this and probably will, probably with vodka. I am veering off into a raw foodist for the summer, which is easy to do when everything is yummy. Tomorrow I’m making a raw cherry pie. Pie crust is whirred up almonds with Medjool dates and salt for the pie crust, pressed into a tart pan. Then mix the cherries and maybe apricots together with some agave for the filling.
Creed White Flowers – I would have put this squarely in the middle to close to hi, and it will probably stay there. Don’t absolutely love it, don’t hate it, and it probably would have stood up better, except what I smelled after. It’s a nice white floral. It’s got a pretty violet top and nice depth. I probably shouldn’t have smelled it with this batch of things because I feel like I’m giving it short shrift. I’d happily wear this, but I’m not swooning like I am over —
By Kilian Sweet Redemption. This is right there with the the Watermelon Gazpacho. Orange blossom and vanilla, sweet, bitter, warmth, incense, sunshine (orange blossom feeeeels like sunshine for me). It is floral and it is candied warmth. And it smells exactly like the sticky mess warmed by the sun that is the path we all trudge to redemption. Complete hit for me, I neeeeeeeeds a bottle for my personal stock, I just have my teensy sample. Anyone wants to split a bottle, let me know. I only want to split it it with one or two other people so I get enough!
The summer sun. Miss, miss, miss. Feels like last week I was whining about the rain and cool. Oh, wait, it was! From freaky thunderstorms and rain every day to 100 plus. My tomatoes and peppers are loving it, and they need it, but I’m thinking about my electricity bill that I’ll have to pay for the next two months and lining up banks to rob.
Andy Tauer’s Pentachords. Haven’t smelled them in any in-depth yet, except to sneak a little sniff. But It’s Andy, and it’s five notes only in each. For example, Verdant is leaves, leather, tobacco, earth, amber. White is violet, orris, bourbon vanilla, ambergris and warm wood. Auburn is citrus, cinnamon, tobacco, amber, sandalwood. Having these sitting on my desk is like being in the Ferrari showroom. You don’t have to get IN the car and drive it to know it’s gonna be fun, but you greatly anticipate the moment when you do. So it’s just a hit unsniffed because it’s too much fun.
BTW, Anita and I, I think, will be talking about these later, when she gets hers.
Now for the good news, two people will get small samples of all of these after I draw two names out of the commenters on this post. Except the Watermelon Gazpacho, but only because I can’t figure out how to get that in the mail in this blazing summer heat. So drop a comment, tell me your misses and hits this summer – could be a book, a scent, a recipe, a place, and you’ll be entered!